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OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 Portable SSD

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Posted June 8, 2010 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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The OCZ Enyo is a wonderfully sleek and convenient portable storage SSD that is small enough to fit easily into your pocket and fast enough to knock off your socks. Entirely plug-and-play, the Enyo can run without requiring any drivers or installs, however there is a driver to be available that boosts the performance even further, offering the best of both worlds for those who may not be able to install drivers while on the go.

In terms of performance, the Enyo is exceptionally fast, easily embarassing USB 2.0, and even a traditional SATA hard drive for that matter. The read/write speeds for an external drive are outstanding. The beauty here is that the Enyo doesn’t suffer the speed slowdowns of USB 2.0 or even eSATA. The caveat, of course, is that you need a motherboard that offers native USB 3.0. Many new motherboards on the market offer this, but Intel is still resisting the push to bring the new standard to the mainstream market, so that’s a disappointment. But thankfully motherboard manufacturers are pushing forward, so the support for the Enyo should be fine.

With a 128GB capacity this OCZ drive isn’t as limited as the smaller traditional flash drives, but it doesn’t have has much capacity as larger external hard drives. At a price of around $410 USD, the Enyo is expensive, particularly if you view it solely as an external drive in the traditional sense of transferring some work or school files. If that were your only use, then save yourself the money and don’t bother. Even though it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, you really must use it in USB 3.0 to take full advantage of the insane speeds available.

So inevitably the question remains: is the extra speed worth the price jump over USB 2.0 or eSATA portable drives on the market? Well, the cost of performance costs depends on what one would consider good value for your intended use. No doubt, the Enyo is probably the most expensive, insanely-fast external drive on the market. And that’s exactly part of the reason we love it; there’s something to be said about having one of the most badass and expensive pieces of portable storage hardware on the planet fit into your pocket. It’s not for everyone, and certainly the price will be a stumbling point for many, but if you need absolute speed in an external drive format, then the OCZ Enyo is about as good as they come.

OCZ Enyo Portable SSD 128GB

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